Boy Meets Bird

Feeding Birds at the Birds of Vermont Museum
22 February 2009, 4:15 pm
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Bird seed! We got the seed from big cans, and scooped it with little cans. We carried it outside with the basket. Auntie Erin had to shovel, and I spread the seed. We were careful going outside because the roof — icicles and snow. They slide off.

Erin took the high up feeders down so we could fill them. She used a ladder.

My favorite is the mixed seed. I spread it on the ground.

We saw chickadees!

Now I’m going upstairs. Me and Erin are going to listen to birds.

MamaTypist-Interviewer adds: You can watch two of the feeders here: Sometimes a lot of action; sometimes not.


What He Likes Best
6 November 2008, 11:27 am
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We are filling the feeders. It’s a balmy November morning, maybe already 50°F and due to rise into the 60s. Not really critical, for the birds, this feeding. But we got up early, strangely for us, so why not.

Mama: “What do you like best about feeding the birds?”

LittleBirder: “The way the seeds fall and sprinkle all over.”

And here I was thinking about the birds we see, and he likes the cascading sound and feel. Pay attention to the now, MamaBirder. He is!

First Snow
22 October 2008, 7:59 am
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“Mama, birds like the snow because of their warm fur.”

“Hm. I don’t think so.”


“Mama, it’s snow time, so we should feed the birds.”

“Who Cooks For You?”
5 February 2008, 8:54 pm
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Dadda came home after dark and didn’t come inside. He told us to come outside right away to listen to something. It was the Who Cooks For You Owl! We listened and talked back to it.

I made it!
25 December 2007, 11:29 pm
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Grandpère and I made a bird feeder together this morning!

LittleBirder and Grandpère Make a Bird Feeder

Chickadee Bites (ID #1: Chickadee)
29 May 2007, 1:14 pm
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Dadda comes out to tell us there’s a bird in the house. When we get inside, it’s fluttering against the round window. I’m pretty sure LittleBirder knows this bird, both in photos and in person and by song, so I ask him, “Who’s that?”

“A chickadeedeedee!”

I pass the short guy to Dadda, and they go make sure the doors are open. Talking low and easy all the while, I come over to the window and catch him gently in my hands on the second try. It bites me. Chickadee bites are amusing. Sharpish, and way too silly.

I turn, hoping to be able to show it to LittleBirder up close, but the bird is too quick. It sees the open door across the living room as I am about a quarter of the way turned, and with a mad scramble, shoves free of my loose fingers and is outside in about half a second.

As for the learning birds/recordkeeping part of this blog, I’ve been sure for ages that LittleBirder knows this one: we see it often enough. He can identify it by sight in person (feather?) and in photo, as well as by sound, and will tell us the song when we ask even if there’s no bird around. But as those have been my criteria for deciding he knows the bird enough to claim it, I’ve just been waiting for a good opportunity when we saw one to add it.

May 29, 2007, midday.
Starksboro, Vermont
Black-capped Chickadee
Fluttering in some confusion

26 May 2007, 6:30 pm
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LittleBirder and I have just added more birdseed (black oil sunflower and mixed “songbird” seed; there’s enough thistle for now) to te empty feeders and to the rocks. We’re now waiting to “Let’s see who comes.”

Blackflies, mostly.

I swoosh away a bug, saying, “There’s a bug flying around my face.”

LittleBirder replies, “That happens outside sometimes , Mama.”